This is the 14 episode in a popular series Hermie & Friends by Max Lucados. Sad to say that this is the first one that I have seen. My eight year old had no interest in watching this movie. I guess that Ants and Caterpillers on the DVD case did not interest him, or he hadn't seen this advertised on TV. I think that this movie and series is geared more towards younger children and is very popular among preschool aged children. I watched this so I could write an honest review. I think that this movie has a great lesson to be learned. It's not easy to Love your Neighbors, especially when they are annoying. Also the lesson taught is that Your Neighbor is not just the person living next to you, but everyone you know and meet including people living in different countries. I liked the bonus features included in this, the Trivia Game/Quiz is a great way to see if the children followed along and caught on to the lesson. Also, the Sing-along and coloring pages I think are a hit for the kids. This is a great DVD to watch in a Religous Program and a fun way for the kids to learn important bible lessons. I would recommend this to the younger children as a fun and easy way of learning their faith.
Antonio Meets His Match is the latest release from Max Lucados Hermie and Friends Series. The focus of this DVD is the importance of loving your neighbor. After an introduction by Lucado, the viewer is introduced to Antonio. He has long been considered the leader of the ants. It appears he may loose his special place in the ant world when some foreign ants move into the garden. Antonios first inclination is to throw the new ants out of the garden, but through Gods intervention Antonio takes a different course. Upon the conclusion of the story Lucado provides further discussion of the key theme (loving your neighbor) of the DVD. His manner in both the introduction and wrap up is warm and pleasant.I wish some of the warmth and gentleness displayed by Lucado was more evident in the animated characters. None of them were particularly likable. Although the DVD is rated for all ages, I think the best target audience for the DVD is probably early elementary aged boys. The aggressiveness of the ants and the conflict within the video makes it potentially disturbing for very young (pre-school aged) viewers.Although not a hit for our home, I do think that little boys would potentially truly enjoy this animated story which shares an important biblical lesson.While this complimentary DVD was provided for review, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.
"Antonio Meets His Match" is the second dvd I have seen in Max Lucado's Hermie and Friends series. I put this on to watch with my 18 month old daughter and it held her attention for quite awhile! I would recommend this for young children up to age 8.Antonio is the strongest and bravest ant in the garden. One day some kilt wearing foreign ants move into the garden and Antonio's first response is to have them leave. Antonio and the others in the garden begin a journey of learning the very important lesson of loving your neighbor as you love yourself. This may be easy if your neighbor is a nice person, however this is more difficult if the neighbor is annoying and mean. Antonio learns that no matter how annoying or mean his neighbor is, he needs to love his neighbor. This is all learned through a series of unusual competitions and situations that result in everyone learning the important lesson.The "love your neighbor" concept is woven throughout the entire story. Anyone wanting to share this message with his or her child should watch this dvd.
Antonio Meets His Match, the latest in Max Lucados Hermie & Friends DVD series by Tommy Nelson Publishing, teaches children and adults alike that God commands us to love our neighbors, even when those neighbors are very annoying. A group of kilt-wearing, bagpipe-playing, Scottish red ants move into the garden, and Antonio and Hermie are immediately offended by the newbies habits and attitudes. The Scotsmen dont give an inch, and tempers flare.After a couple altercations, Antonio and Angus agree to settle the arguments by some traditional Scottish games. Antonio is winning handily until the bagpipe playingthen, not so much. Antonio loses the contest and has to move. Both sides learn a lesson about neighborliness when Billy Croaker takes matters into his hands.Although the actual story of Antonio Meets His Match was a little slow starting, the outcome was good and the story was true to Gods Word. We are commanded to love our neighbors, and not just the ones who are easy to love.In addition to the actual story, I appreciated the Bonus features of the DVD, especially the sing-along, How Could Anyone Not Love Me? because Angus Scottish brogue was difficult to understand during the story. The other bonus features are great, as well.
Weve seen a handful of DVDs from the Hermie series, and I generally find them to be entertaining to our girls and carry a good message that I can applaud. Antonio Meets His Match was no exception to this assessment. It kept my girls entertained, encouraged treating others with kindness regardless of their actions toward us, and included prayer as an essential element. One thing I love about the Hermie series is that prayer is always a central key to the plot. I especially appreciate that prayer is shown to be not only submitting requests to God, but listening and receiving guidance and encouragement from Him as well. However, as is the case with most childrens DVDs, I think at times the take-away message is not as biblically robust as I would like to see. I was disappointed by the somewhat weak presentation of the requirements of the biblical mandate of Luke 10:27, the scripture the story sets forth as its foundation. Reducing the message of Love your neighbor as you love yourself to be nice, even to the annoying guy seems to be falling short of the context of the parable of the Good Samaritan. The way the story plays out, Antonios love for his neighbor is scarcely evident until his final act of heroism. But even that act (saving his annoying neighbor Angus from an unruly frog) comes at no great sacrifice to Antonio. He states clearly that the frog posed no real threat, and at the beginning of the movie we see him subdue the same frog, seemingly for sport. Although Angus was frightened, and is subsequently so grateful that the relationship with Antonio is repaired, this depiction is a long way from demonstrating the humility and self-sacrifice implored in the quoted scripture. Yes, this is just a childrens DVD...but theology matters, even for kids. This review copy was courtesy of BookSneeze.com and this opinion is my own.